How to Be a Footballer
'Very funny on almost every page, wonderfully self-deprecating and very sharp on the ludicrous behaviour of the modern player' - Sunday Times
'The funniest man in British sport' - Metro
**A Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year**
**Shortlisted for the National Book Awards**
**Longlisted for the Telegraph Sports Book Awards Autobiography of the Year**
Very entertaining read. Never recalled being bored in any of its parts. Very honest and not sensationalist. ...more
I enjoyed reading this and found it easy to dip in and out of while doing other things, not a classic but certainly an entertaining read and left me wanting to read is follow up book.
As a Liverpool fan, I've always had a lot of regard for his uncontroversial presence, a focus on always doing the best he could, and respecting the jersey he wore. For a player who has provided some brilliant moments with some completely unbelievable goals, and yet been described as ...more
The book is written in informal style, giving us all the inside information about English football, clubs, players and background staff. Mr. Crouch gave us an honest and truthful view on how it is to be a professional footballer in England. You can see how the players start their careers, what happens when you start earning wage as a footballer and, of course, what happens when you start ...more
This isn't your normal football autobiography but more of a list of little subjects; he gives very good analogies on each whether they're managers, players and a lot more besides. The book has received glowing reviews and I'm not surprised
People who enjoying playing or watching football, especially the men’s game, especially the English Premier League.
In a nutshell:
Professional football (soccer) player Peter Crouch offers a glimpse into the lives of professional players, including what goes on in the changing rooms, what it’s like to be traded (sold) to another team, and why so many seem to buy such … interesting cars.
“You should probably be able to absorb the pain of an opposition goal without needing to ...more
Maybe my expectations were set too high. Or maybe the reviewers were smoking something strong and sweet before reading.
There are moments of humour but generally I’ve read funnier obituaries and the writing style, trying to be chatty and informal, is tremendously lax.
I fancied something lightweight but this makes a feather seem heavy. Avoid.
I have read lots of footballers autobiographies whilst this isn't an autobiographie as such it is a collection of very funny stories written with a degree of humility and wit that most top level footballers wouldn't be ab!e to achieve
Crouch has been a cult figure for some time, combining affability with ...more
Crouchie as I am sure Harry Redknapp calls him is not yer normal football player and this is not the usual footie book but it probably give more insight into the life of a footballer today than many other books . It pokes fun at all the worst excesses of flash players with their absurd fashion choices , pink Bentleys , nightclubs , adolescent behaviour and model girl friends at ...more
The way he talks in this book felt very truthful and at times hilarious with his stories of his time back playing, it was great to hear of the behind closed door stories of the madness which goes in a football players life which we do not see.
It was great to hear some of these stories, but at ...more
I would often take a break from reading only to find myself picking it up again just five minutes later, and the stories continually proved entertaining without a dull chapter. Admittedly, being a football fan who remembers the likes of Djibril Cisse and Benoît ...more
This isn't an autobiography as such, though there are details of reflection on his life and how his life as a footballer mapped out which are reflective and considered.
The rest of the book is a peek behind the curtain of premier league football from the late 90s to date , lots of detail that the football fan reader will find fascinating.
A fascinating career ...more
If you were ever interested in what happens behind the velvet ropes and in the dressing room where these multi-millionaire kids hang out, this is certainly a must read. The anecdotes are told in a coherent manner with a dash of Chrouchy's ...more
This was different. Crouch gives an insight into some of the things we wouldn’t know and also into the characters we think we know. He is both apologetic and unapologetic about the nature of modern footballers and gives good reason for both.
This was a truly enjoyable read and a breath of fresh air in the ...more
I like Peter Crouch. He seems like a very nice fellow. If love to go for a couple of pints with him and hear a few stories.
One of the key stories in this book, however, is Peter buying an expensive jumper that he didn't really want to wear when he got it home. That's not exactly barnstorming behind the scenes action is it.
The chief problem with this i think is that Peter is too nice to really drop any of his former colleagues in it by divulging anything truly interesting. The final ...more